Well, I am finally getting settled in my new area. Kawit is actually a pretty big town. It was one of the pioneer cities pertaining to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. At the beginning of the Church’s influence in the Philippines (early 1960’s), 5-7 of the original members lived in Kawit. The area that I am specifically assigned in is called Binakayan. IT’s a VERY densely populated, busy, mini New York…without the tall buildings! Life here is super busy no matter what, which is good! It helps me forget myself and dedicate this time to the Lord.
There are a few ponds and lakes, and there are a lot of houses built out over them. Just yesterday though there was a really big fire that burned about 200 houses and displaced a lot of families. Please keep them in your prayers. I think that a lot of service opportunities will arise from this, we’ll just have to wait and see! The ward here is really big, with a lot of members. Which is good! But since the chapel here in Kawit is still being renovated from last year’s flood, we meet at the Noveleta Chapel which makes it challenging for a lot of members to get to church.
On a positive note, these are some of the nicest people I have ever met! Sometimes we’ll just be walking down the street and somebody will offer us water, something to eat, stuff like that. It’s a great way to meet people and help them understand about our purpose here as missionaries!
It’s so fun to meet people here! They’re genuinely interested in me. Maybe just because I’m the only white guy here, but hey! whatever works!
I know that this work is true and that the Book of Mormon is the word of God. READ IT! I love all of you! Be safe and P.A.T.! Pagpili Ang Tama! (Choose the right!)
Elder (Hunter) Burbidge